The Office of the General Counsel of the Social Security Administration (OGC) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Chicago Regional Chief Counsel’s Office 2018 Summer Law Internship Program. The internship program will run ten weeks from Monday, June 4, 2018 through Friday, August 10, 2018.

The Chicago Regional Office, located in Chicago’s Loop, represents and advises the Social Security Administration (SSA) on a broad variety of legal matters, including administration of the agency’s disability benefits programs, personnel and employment disputes, and civil rights matters. Attorneys represent the agency in federal district and appellate courts as well as before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. The staff of approximately 70 attorneys offer a collegial environment in which experienced attorneys are eager to share their expertise. Summer interns will assist in challenging legal work, such as drafting summary judgment motions in federal district court, drafting legal opinions that are binding on the agency’s employees, and drafting pleadings in bankruptcy court. The interns will also have the opportunity to visit and interact with our internal and external partners, such as SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, which conducts disability hearings.


The program is open to students who will have completed their second year next spring. The intern positions are unpaid, but the office will work with sponsoring schools that grant academic credit or stipends for internships. Students with strong writing skills and an interest in litigation are particularly encouraged to apply. Interested students should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcript to Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Questions about the program may be directed to Emily Cohn at, or by phone at (877) 800-7578 Ext. 19165.


Hersh Friedman
Assistant Regional Counsel
Social Security Administration
Office of the Regional Chief Counsel – Region V
200 W. Adams St., 30th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
(877) 800-7578 Ext. 19400

Thompson Coburn is seeking an associate with 2-4 years of experience in employment law, including some traditional labor experience. The ideal candidate will have federal and state court experience, as well as EEOC and/or IDHR experience. Additionally, we prefer candidates with counseling experience, including drafting policies, agreements and handbooks. The successful candidate will possess strong research and writing skills, be comfortable with client interaction and be a self-starter. An active Illinois law license is required.

To apply for the position, click here to submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts and writing sample.

This position is not open to recruiting agencies.